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Kousa Dogwood
Cornaceae
Cornus kousa


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Cornaceae Family

Cornus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Japanese Dogwood, or Chinese Dogwood


Location

Native of eastern Asia

Physical Description
Like most dogwoods, it has opposite, simple leaves, which are 4-10 cm long.

The tree is extremely showy when in flower, but the "flowers" are actually showy white bracts below the cluster of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. The flowering is in late spring, weeks after it leafs out. It has a relatively upright habit, unlike the closely related Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, which has a sprawling habit. It also differs from that in flowering about a month later, and in having pointed (not rounded) flower bracts.

The Fruit is a globose pink to red compound berry 2-3 cm diameter, though these berries tend to grow larger towards the end of the season and some berry clusters that do not fall from the tree surpass 4 cm. It is edible, a delicious addition to the tree's ornamental value




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Cornaceae
Cornales
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Asteridae
Asteridae
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Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Spermatophytes
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Euphyllophytina
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Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
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General Information

The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a later flowering form of dogwood. This Dogwood

flowers for a long time beginning in late May and often lasts into July. These flowers are a creamy white and they arrive shortly after the leaves emerge.
Fruit is sweet and juicy, it is very nice in small quantities. Very seedy. The skin is rather tough and unpleasant, but the pulp is delicious with a custard-like texture, it is one of our favorite late summer fruits. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter. Young leaves cooked
Wood - very hard and heavy. Used for mallets etc. The fruit are an important food source for dozens of species of birds, which then distribute the seeds. Birds devour the fruit quickly. Said to be eaten by monkeys in the wild.
The kousa dogwood is one of the American Horticultural Society's "75 Great Plants for American Gardens." Especially noteworthy is the fact that kousa dogwood is resistant to dogwood anthracnose, a fungus disease that has decimated many populations of the American species, flowering dogwood



Kousa Dogwood
Fruit



Kousa Dogwood
Flowers



Kousa Dogwood
Sapling



Kousa Dogwood
Full grown tree.....several decades old!

Comment: Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa

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Thunder
Thunder
May 29, 2010
Funny...I just noticed that when you brought my attention to it! Thanks

gardengeek
gardengeek
May 29, 2010
Thanks for sharing this, I knew nothing of these trees. Interesting to see that they are in the same Order as Hydrangeas.

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